From Pastor Perry

02/11/2013 Revelation 2:18-29

Revelation 2:18–29 (ESV)
The Fourth Letter: To the Church in Thyatira
18 “And to the angel of the church in Thyatira write: ‘The words of the Son of God, who has eyes like a flame of fire, and whose feet are like burnished bronze.
19 “ ‘I know your works, your love and faith and service and patient endurance, and that your latter works exceed the first. 20 But I have this against you, that you tolerate that woman Jezebel, who calls herself a prophetess and is teaching and seducing my servants to practice sexual immorality and to eat food sacrificed to idols. 21 I gave her time to repent, but she refuses to repent of her sexual immorality. 22 Behold, I will throw her onto a sickbed, and those who commit adultery with her I will throw into great tribulation, unless they repent of her works, 23 and I will strike her children dead. And all the churches will know that I am he who searches mind and heart, and I will give to each of you according to your works. 24 But to the rest of you in Thyatira, who do not hold this teaching, who have not learned what some call the deep things of Satan, to you I say, I do not lay on you any other burden. 25 Only hold fast what you have until I come. 26 The one who conquers and who keeps my works until the end, to him I will give authority over the nations, 27 and he will rule them with a rod of iron, as when earthen pots are broken in pieces, even as I myself have received authority from my Father. 28 And I will give him the morning star. 29 He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.’

Thyatira is not a port city.  It is a smaller and it's trade is based more on metal works, clothing and textile industries.  Lydia in the Bible was from Thyatira and she was a seller of purple.  The city had no temples dedicated to emperor worship, yet the Roman guilds (like today’s unions) had their own deities.  Jesus describes himself with the same description mentioned earlier “eyes like a flame of fire and whose feet are like burnished bronze.  

Jesus commends the church when he states: 19 “I know your works, your love and faith and service and patient endurance, and that your latter works exceed the first.”  Jesus knows their works, love faith, service and patient endurance.  This is a glimpse into omniscience of knowing all things.  I find comfort that Jesus is aware of what is going on within a congregation.  He knows what good works are going on and he also knows what’s not going on.  He knows who are the mover and shakers and who is being disruptive.  The work of the church does not go unnoticed.  Sometimes we may feel like we are spinning our wheels.  Nothing gets by Jesus, and this is what he has against the church in Thyatira. “20 But I have this against you, that you tolerate that woman Jezebel, who calls herself a prophetess and is teaching and seducing my servants to practice sexual immorality and to eat food sacrificed to idols. 21 I gave her time to repent, but she refuses to repent of her sexual immorality.”  Jezebel in the Old Testement was married to King Ahab and she brought in the worship of foreign Gods into the midst of the Northern Kingdom.  She intermingled idolatry and sexual immorality into Israel and did not walk according to God’s ways.  Whether this is someone named Jezebel in the church of Thyatira, or a someone symbolizing the Old Testament Jezebel, whoever she was... she was polluting the church.  An outsider has come in and has taken on a position of authority and brought in corruption and adultery into the church.  Jesus is not happy that Christians in the church are allowing this to go on.  One of the hardest things for me to do as a pastor is to go and point out people’s sins and call them on their actions.  They don’t want to hear it any more than I want to tell them.  It hurts them and it hurts me.  I would rather drink castor oil than confront someone.  Needless to say, I have to do what I have to do, because Jesus wants it to stop.  To ignore the problem or give no action is the same as endorsing the sinful action.  Jesus states: 20 But I have this against you, that you tolerate that woman Jezebel, who calls herself a prophetess and is teaching and seducing my servants to practice sexual immorality and to eat food sacrificed to idols. 21 I gave her time to repent, but she refuses to repent of her sexual immorality.  22 Behold, I will throw her onto a sickbed, and those who commit adultery with her I will throw into great tribulation, unless they repent of her works, 23 and I will strike her children dead.  When a sinner will not repent, Christ will deal with them.   They are to be removed as stated in 1 Corinthians 5. “It is actually reported that there is sexual immorality among you, and of a kind that is not tolerated even among pagans, for a man has his father’s wife. 2 And you are arrogant! Ought you not rather to mourn? Let him who has done this be removed from among you.  

Jesus knows that not all are corrupt.  To those who are faithful, Jesus says: “24 But to the rest of you in Thyatira, who do not hold this teaching, who have not learned what some call the deep things of Satan, to you I say, I do not lay on you any other burden. 25 Only hold fast what you have until I come.  Jesus is saying... stay in the faith, wait patiently for Christ to come.  This is the theme throughout Revelation.  Don’t give up, don’t turn away... remain faithful unto the end!  I find it comforting that Jesus knows what is going on and that He is in charge.  I pray: Lord, help me to not be led astray by false teaching and protect me from all sexual immorality inside and outside of the church.  Help me to correct my brother and sisters and to bring them into repentance and restore their relationship with You.  Let me never forget your forgiveness and steadfastness.  You stand firm with your feet of burnished bronze and see all with your eyes of fire.  Forgive me, renew me, in Jesus Christ name I pray, Amen.

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